Internet Resources
for Writing Research Papers

The Internet can help you when it comes time to do your research paper, from finding a topic to gathering information, and even in writing your paper.

Finding a Topic
News Sources on Current Events

Yahoo! News
The latest headlines plus links to related Internet resources.
AltaVista's News Search
Search through up to date news articles from 3,000 news sources worldwide.
Moreover News Portal
Search current news headlines for access to full-text articles
Topic Indexes
Hot Paper Topics
A list of popular broad topics, along with links to relevant information.
Idea Directory
This provides a directory of possible research paper topics with links to automated searches in the Infoseek search engine. (Note: this site is designed to sell access to a fee based subscription service called Electric Library.)
Finding Information
Reference Works
Encyclopaedia Britannica Internet Guide
The Encyclopaedia articles are no longer available for free, but you can still use this guide to find web sites and magazine articles. You can also search the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus from here.
Columbia Encyclopedia
Search this free online encyclopedia by keyword or by entry name. You can also access a dictionary, a thesaurus, and a quotation search.
Internet Public Library Ready Reference Collection
Links to "quick answer" reference works such as dictionaries, almanacs, statistical sources, etc.
Information Please Almanacs Online
A good source for statistics and basic facts on a wide range of topics.
Magazine and Journal Articles
Journal Databases from Ebsco
Several different databases to choose from, including discipline-specific databases. Note: if you access this from home, you’ll need to have your library card number handy.
Provides search forms for a large number of newspapers from around the world.
Honolulu Star Bulletin Archive
Search for stories by keyword as far back as 1997.
Honolulu Advertiser Back Issues
Browse two months of stories. Search several years of stories (back to Oct 1, 1999) by using the search box on the right side of the screen.
Hawaii Newspapers
A list of local newspapers available at the WCC Library, with links to the Hawaii Newspaper Index (a searchable index to Star-Bulletin and Advertiser articles published since 1989) and links to each newspaper's Website if available.
Online Books
The Online Books Page
Links to over 14,000 free full-text English language books and serials online.
EBooks from NetLibrary
Available for UH library card holders. Set up an account first from any computer on campus. After that, you can access your account even at home using your login and password.
Professional, Trade, Government, and Non-profit Agencies
This is a searchable database of over 24,000 organizations around the world, including links to each organization's website.
The US Government is the largest publisher in the world, and most of their publications are now on the web. Search through much of it here.
Federal Web Locator
Links to government agency websites organized by branch.
Internet Resource Directories
Each of these sites have links to quality information arranged by subject.
Internet Directories and Search Engines
Search quick search forms for four good Internet search tools.
Writing Help
Writing Labs
Online Writing Lab
From Purdue, this site has help on grammar, punctuation, editing, etc..
Style and Grammar
English Usage, Style & Composition
Links to several full-text grammar guides, such as Strunk & White's Elements of Style and
Edunet's Online English Grammar
Quick grammar help.
Citing Sources Links
From the WCC Library, links to information on how to cite print and electronic sources in a number of common citation styles.